It’s once again time for the Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour. We are one of many stops on and hope you will be able to be out to enjoy the area. Click here for the link which will give you the map and brochure: http://trchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/2017-Brochure.pdf
Our special activities for fall color tour include:
- Local artists displaying/selling their work: 11 to 5
- Local musicians/bands playing: the Pipers Four from 1 to 2:30 and the Swan Creek Band from 3 to 4:30
- Camzies Pizza Food Truck: 11 to 5
- Live Birds of Prey exhibit: 1 to 3
- The Hope Truck Foundation Fire Truck on display and making fresh kettle corn: 11 to 5
- Brandy and Wine Tasting: 1 to 3
- Hard Cider Happy Hour: 1 to 3 (tastings, flights, full pours)
Of course all of our normal fall activities will be available all weekend in our normal 8 to 6 daily hours.
- U-pick pumpkins
- U-pick white Niagara grapes and purple Concord grapes are ready–See info below
- U-pick apples–see chart below
- “U-pick” from our fall donut varieties: apple cider, pumpkin and buttermilk
- And of course, all of our usual market offerings including freshly squeezed apple cider
- Our “small children’s” cover crop maze–free with a $10 purchase
- Spookley the Square Pumpkin story boards set up in our play area to enjoy with your family–a wonderful story about diversity, bullying and embracing everyone
- We’ve set up great places to take family photos and would love to have you share them with us on our Facebook page, Instagram or Yelp. It makes us happy to see you having fun 🙂
Picked Apples on the market:
We are offering specials on three apple varieties: Gala, Jona-Mac and Cortland. Buy 2 half bushels ($24) and get another 1/2 bushel free (can mix and match). These 3 combined make a wonderful apple sauce needing no sugar! Apples are ripening faster than we have cold storage space.
- Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
- Jon-A-Mac: This is a good cooking or eating apple. It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh. A favorite for apple sauce. (only a few bags left)
- Cortland: A hint of tartness makes this a great baking variety, A descendent of the McIntosh, this variety is a bit sweeter than its ancestor. Juices really well.
- Honeycrisp: This seems to be many people’s favorite. It is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it. Great for eating fresh or using in salads. We are thrilled they are ready in time for the weekend. Sold by the pound only.($2)
- Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce.
- Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
- Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying “Spies for pies.” We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
- Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
- Golden Delicious: A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It’s the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.
- Cameo: Firm, crisp and sweet, tart. Great for snaking or baking. Keeps well in your refrigerator
- Braeburn: Sweet with a hint of tart and a firmness that stores well. Very versatile apple that bakes well and great for fresh eating.
- Fuji: Has a fantastic sweet flavor and tart flavor, with a low acid content. An incredibly good keeper, it says crisp for weeks without even being in the refrigerator. We will be picking these on Thursday, October 5th, and will have them on the market on Friday, October 6th.
U-Pick Apples open now for the season, with the following varieties ready to pick. The varieties ready now are:
- Red and Golden Delicious
- Ida Reds
- Mutsu (only a few left)
- Northern Spies
U-Pick apples are available during our normal hours of 8 to 6 (must be out of the orchard by 5:45). Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start. You will be driving to the orchards–so when you arrive, please have one person come into the market to get directions, information, baskets and bags and you’ll be on your way. (We’ve seen very unhappy children who get out of the car excited to pick, only to have to return to the car and drive to the orchard!)
Apple Pricing for the year: Our apple pricing is the same as last year. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7.50 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $5 a half-peck, $3 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available. The price is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples.
U-Pick Pumpkins: Check in at the market first for directions…and do remember this is a real pumpkin patch where there will no doubt be some mud, a few weeds, some poky pumpkin vines…so dress accordingly for the experience!
U-Pick Grapes: The picking has been great this year–very plentiful
- White Niagara and purple Concord grapes are open for picking.
- Picking hours: Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6, except for Tuesday and Thursdays, where we will stay open until 8 pm (must be checked into the market by 6pm).
- Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start. You will be directed to the vineyard in which we are picking that day and be assigned rows to pick on by our vineyard and orchard supervisor.
- Grape sweetness: Both varieties of grapes measured at 15.5 brix last week which means they are even sweeter now.
- Grape Availability: We have a good crop of grapes and expect to have them until the first frost. Of course the weather and the number of people that come to pick could change that.
If you are coming to pick grapes, please bring clippers, scissors, 5 gallon buckets and small wagons if you have them. Some of our rows are very long! If you don’t have 5 gallon buckets to pick in, we will loan you ours, but please bring something to take your grapes back home in. (Boxes, plastic tubs, etc.)
- Pricing will be the same as last year: U-Pick Pricing for both color grapes is the following, please note we sell them by the pound, and consider a five-gallon pail or a 1/2 bushel basket to be 20 pounds.
- 40 cents a pound for 20 pounds or less, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel= $8
- 21 to 100 pounds: 35 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $7
- Over 100 pounds; 25 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel=$5
Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes both white Niagara and purple Concord, they are $26 a bushel, $14 half bushel, please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.
Here’s what else is on the market now:
- Bosc Pears. This is a beautiful, large, firm, sweet eating pear, that keeps very well. (Not a canning pear)
- Winter Squash: Butternut, Acorn, Buttercup, Heart of Gold, Sweet Dumpling and Delicata.
- Onions, including the specialty onions: Red Torpedo Tropea, Red Marble Cippolini, and Borrettana Cippolini are in. These are incredible for cooking or roasting
- Red Potatoes
- U-Pick Herbs
- Fall Ornamentals of gourds, colorful mums, colorful fall corn and mini pie pumpkins
Certified Organic Produce:
- Winter squash (red kuri, a Hubbard squash type)
- Lettuce (supplemented from Wendy’s Organic Farm in NW Three Rivers)
- Roma Paste Tomatoes, Slicer Tomatoes
Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:
- Cookies: Cut Out, Caramel Apple, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Coconut Pecan, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Cherry White Chocolate Chip
- Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Pear, Pumpkin and Strawberry Rhubarb
- Apple Dumplings
- Bread: Whole Wheat, Cinnamon, Italian, Whole Grain, Honey Oat, Vegetable and Tuscan, as well as Hamburger Buns and Hot Dog Buns. We are partnering again with La Brea bakery this year and will have the following breads: Semolina Cheese, Roasted Garlic Loaf, Sourdough, and Jalapeño Cheese
- Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns
- Assorted Dessert Bars
- Muffins: Banana Nut, Blueberry, Lemon Poppyseed, Pistachio, Raisin Bran, Chocolate, and Apple.
- Donuts: We will have our Apple Cider, Buttermilk, and Pumpkin Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will also have Apple Fritters, Vanilla Fluff Longjohns, Yeast Twists, Bavarian Cream (Custard) Longjohns, Raspberry Bismarks, and Yeast Rings (available all week)
- Slushies – Grape
- Look for our “take and bake” pies for you to stock up on in your freezer (for you to indulge in). As we work to stock up, please feel free to order and we can get them ready. “Take and bake” pie choices are all large-9″ pies and available flavors are: Rhubarb, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb and Blueberry Rhubarb. Note: no frozen apple pies are available until the Northern Spy apples get ready.
Alcohol offerings: Hometown Hero is back! We won a silver award for this blackberry, elderberry, rose hip cider, and we hope you like it too. Also bottled: we still have Afternoon, Blueberry, Dry, Hopped, Preach (pear/peach cider), Semi-Sweet, and Sweet. We have cherry wine and Kaiser Cyser as well. We’ll have a few additional ciders on tap during our hard cider happy hour. This weekend we’ll have hard cider tastings:
- Friday from 4-6
- Saturday from 3-6
- Sunday from 1-3 for the Fall Color Tour
Stop on by to sample some cider. During tasting hours, feel free to bring your own clean 32 oz. or 64 oz. growler if you’d like one filled, or buy a new growler here at the market to take home fresh draft cider. And of course, we have our usual brandy house tours with Bruce from 1-3 on Saturdays, and full range of brandy offerings.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see you for a fun weekend.
|Variety||Crop Size Estimate||Will U-Pick be Available when they are ready? Red means they are ready now.||Approximate Week Ready–Please check back as weather will can change timing earlier or later||Should order in advance|
|Earli Blaze||lots||all picked||Gone||no|
|Gala||Lots||all picked||Ready now||no|
|Golden Delicious||lots||yes||Ready now||no|
|Golden Supreme||few||no||October 6||yes|
|Honey Crisp||lots||no||Ready now||no|
|Ida Red||few||yes||Ready now||yes|
|Jona Mac||lots||all picked||Ready now||no|
|Macintosh||good||all picked||Ready now||no|
|Molly’s Del||good||all picked||Ready now||no|
|Northern Spy||good||yes||Ready now||no|
|Red Delicious||lots||yes||Ready now||no|
**Children’s Maze Trail information:
- Learn about the importance of cover crops
- Find fun activity stops, make a craft
- Enter your name for weekly prize giveaways!
Entrance into the maze is free with any $10 purchase at the market. Upon your purchase, you will be given a ticket for entrance. Please fill this out with your name, email address and phone number and place it in the box at the entrance. We will do a drawing once a week for various prizes from our market!
Information for Adults:
- Please pick up a map of the trail if you would like to see how to get through it and where the activity spots are
- No children are to be unattended in the trail. An adult must be supervising at all times
- Please help us put each of the activity stations back in order so they’re ready for the next person when you leave
- Please be careful walking through the maze as there are many natural hazards (an occasional rock, an uneven surface, a honeybee, etc.)
- Due to uneven surface, strollers will not easily go through the walkway (wagons will)
- Please stay on the path and the mowed grass
- Please do not take food or drinks into the area (you will only invite a bee to want to come with you!)
- No pets, please
- Absolutely no smoking anywhere in or near the maze
- You may peek into our greenhouse and hoophouse structures from a distance, but please do not go in them. There is important farm work happening and they are closed to the public
- Please watch for vehicles when crossing the driveway to the entrance
- We close at 6 pm, so please be out of the trail by 5:45